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MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College of New Jersey has been named among the top in College Choice’s ranking of the 20 Best Colleges in New Jersey.

Ramapo is ranked #3, with Princeton University and Stevens Institute of Technology in the top two spots.  More specifically, Ramapo ranks as #1 among nine of the public colleges in New Jersey.

“This ranking affirms the value of a public liberal arts education in today’s increasingly complex and competitive environment,” said Peter P. Mercer, president of Ramapo College.  “Since my arrival here in 2005, I have heard Ramapo referred to as New Jersey’s best kept secret.  The secret is finally out.  Our dedicated faculty and staff mentor students through a high quality education at an affordable cost and our students thrive as a result.”

Berlyann Rivera, who serves as the student member on the College’s Board of Trustees, said, “It is a tremendous point of pride for us to see Ramapo recognized among private elite institutions like Princeton University and Stevens. As a student and as a member of the College’s governing board, I can say first-hand and with confidence, that choosing Ramapo College for my undergraduate education has been one of the best decisions of my life.”

College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, developed its list by assessing academic quality, institutional reputation, program accreditation, along with return on investment—the differential between tuition costs and average early career earnings. Data came from the National Center for Education Statistics, Payscale, and U.S. News & World Report.

Ramapo College is also listed in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as among the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for 11 consecutive years and has been recognized as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media. Additionally, Ramapo is featured on for excellence in student-focused higher education and has received recognition in the Washington Monthly college guide and rankings.

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World ReportKiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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